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Makeup myths to stop believing
December 26, 2016, 1:22 pm

Whether you have been applying makeup every morning for the past two decades or only the past two weeks, there are always new tricks to learn. But more importantly, there are mistakes to unlearn. The beauty landscape has evolved so much in just a few short years, and there is a chance that you are using old information that is sabotaging your makeup routine. Here are some debunked beauty myths to ensure your face always looks flawless.

Pumping mascara loads extra product on the brush: It really does pack more of the formula onto the brush, as the extra oxygen is thickening the product. But in the long run, it's a bad move.

You are reducing the lifespan of the mascara, and this will cause the formula to dry out quicker. If you are hoping to extend the life of your favorite tube, you can easily by adding a few drops of a liquefying formula, which intensifies pigments and makes products more durable. In addition to reanimating a dry mascara, it will also increase the waterproof hold.

Your concealer should be lighter than your skin tone: Lighter unfortunately does not equate to brighter. By going too light, you run the potential of creating an ash-gray tone under the eyes. Instead of picking a too-pale concealer, opt to color correct. Look for a formula that closely matches to your skin tone but is a bit warmer. Opposite colors on the color wheel, like orange, are a great way to cancel out the blue/purple undertone of dark circles.

Women with mature skin shouldn't wear shimmer: You are never too mature to look radiant. Now while shimmer can accentuate aging skin's texture (in particular, fine lines and enlarged pores), you can still incorporate a more luminous formula into your routine. Think in terms of radiant creams, liquids, and powder that are very refined and smooth. Stay clear of larger-particle glitters.

Regardless of your age, it is of the utmost importance to be strategic when applying these kinds of products. Focus on the high points of the face: brow bone, nose bridge, and upper cheekbone.

Setting makeup with powder is essential: While you want to control shine and extend the wear of your look, you shouldn't pat powder all over your face. When you do this, you bone structure appears less defined and your foundation's radiance falls flat. Instead use a small eye shadow buffing brush to set oil-prone areas, which are referred to as hot spots. These include your T-zone and the front of your cheeks.

To fully set your makeup after you have applied powder to those trouble areas, use a setting spray and choose a product that adds an extra layer of shine protection.

Makeup causes breakouts: It's possible that you could be having a bad reaction to your favorite formulas, but poor hygiene and contaminated products are usually to blame. Always use a makeup remover prior to using your face washes and skin care. Don't rely on a face wash to remove all makeup from your skin. Besides, if your cleanser is loaded with active ingredients, they may not be able to fully penetrate the skin if there is a layer of makeup on your face.

Be sure to clean your brushes religiously, especially if they have touched congested skin, and don’t forget to wipe the top layers of your favorite pressed powders before applying. This can remove potential bacteria.

You should apply eye cream every morning before putting on your makeup:  Unfortunately, those nourishing treatments can present problems with the wear and smoothness of your eye makeup. Moreover, there is the possibility of your makeup reducing the potency of your skin care formulas. Hence, focus on slicking on that eye cream at night instead.

You will also need less moisture under your eye during the day if you wear your treatment to bed, which improves your concealer application. If your under-eye is still dry, opt for a moisturizing primer or creamy concealer.


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